"Yellow Sun" as written by and Jack White Brendan Benson....
Yellow sun is shining in the afternoon
I'd really like to tell you but I feel it's too soon
My actions are dictated by the phase of the moon
The phase of the moon

The sun it isn't hiding when it sets on you
It's not a coward like me and I know but it's true
Waiting for the darkness now is all I can do
It's all I can do

And if the sun should follow us into your room
Then the courage will be robbed from me to tell you the truth
The setting sun's the only thing that's shining on you
That's shining on you

You're making me hungry
But what's really funny's it's not sunny anymore

And when I finally told you when the sun has gone
You're laughing 'cause I thought I was the only one
And the only thing that's left for me's the rising sun
The rising sun

You're making hungry, you're making me hungry
But what's really funny's it's not sunny anymore

It's not sunny anymore, it's not sunny anymore, it's not sunny anymore....


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"Yellow Sun" as written by John Anthony White Brendan Benson

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    General CommentI was thinking it was about the guy being a werewolf. You know, his actions being dicated by the phases of the moon, and the whole "you're making me hungry, and it isn't sunny any more" thing.
    behleon May 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing, i love it. musically it's so 60s, so hippy, so cool, kinda remind me of the sillier Cream stuff.
    and lyrically, its just something that i, and i think a lot of people of a socially shy kind of persuasion will identify with a lot. It's about him wanting to reveal himself to someone, but not being able to, except maybe in some kind of closed, personal environment (maybe im interpretting it a bit literally), because of cowardice, or nerves, or whatever. i hope thats right.

    i dont quite understand the line "the setting sun's the only thing that's shining on you" though. not sure i get what it could mean in the context...
    Big_Nothingon April 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis kind of reminds me of this ..friend i had, who said he only felt he could be serious and open with me when we were being 'intimate'. maybe that's what this is about a lil bit - he can't share how he feels about this girl unless it's dimly lit and theyre alone in her room. otherwise he just finds it hard to be serious?
    whoareYOUcalledon May 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think that the "Sun" represents the guy's feelings for a girl. As the second line says, he wants too tell her, but he feels it's too soon. He also can't find the right way to express his feelings.

    He states that the only thing left to do is wait for the darkness, meaning to simply wait for the feelings he has for the girl to simply pass.

    When he says "You're making me hungry...But what's really funny is it's not sunny anymore" I think maybe the girl is expressing some sort of feelings towards him, but he is already "over her", but he hasn't told her that he is over her.

    The fourth verse is after he tells her that he is over his feelings for her. They both realize that the feelings were fleeting. He realizes that all that can be done now is to wait for feelings to arise again, but not necissarily in the same place.

    That is just my take on it...I could be completely wrong.
    deadlyplierson May 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI thibk behle's on the right track..I think this song is about a vampire.
    "you're making me hungry" "the rising sun"..
    amestheamazingon July 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentalright, raconteurs people, its verse by verse meaning time again!

    Yellow sun is shining in the afternoon
    I'd really like to tell you but I feel it's too soon
    My actions are dictated by the phase of the moon
    The phase of the moon

    i guess the yellow sun is a metaphor for happy things
    hed like to tell the girl but he feels its too soon
    and the phase of the moon thing is a funny, cleverish way of saying that there is a pattern of what you have to do as a boyfriend, and when to say/do it

    The sun it isn't hiding when it sets on you
    It's not a coward like me and I know but it's true
    Waiting for the darkness now is all I can do
    It's all I can do

    he thinks the girl is a good person and that she brings 'sunshine' to his life
    but hes kind of a jerk ish person, so he gets into bad situations with her, and it seems to happen spontaneously too

    And if the sun should follow us into your room
    Then the courage will be robbed from me to tell you the truth
    The setting sun's the only thing that's shining on you
    That's shining on you

    teehee :)
    hes getting her into bed
    and then things change....drastically

    You're making me hungry
    But what's really funny's it's not sunny anymore

    making me hungry...for love!
    but its not exactly the best situation to be in at the moment

    And when I finally told you when the sun has gone
    You're laughing 'cause I thought I was the only one
    And the only thing that's left for me's the rising sun
    The rising sun

    hes talking to her and thinking about breaking up
    and hes surprised cuz she actually agrees that things arent going very well
    and he just wants some happiness back in the relationship

    You're making hungry, you're making me hungry
    But what's really funny's it's not sunny anymore

    It's not sunny anymore, it's not sunny anymore, it's not sunny anymore....

    yep, he still wants love
    but i guess they broke up



    sorry if im completely 100% off
    but thats what it says to me
    neverheardofhimon July 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with some of most things everyone has said! The vampire idea i had never thought of, and while i'm not sure if that was the intended meaning of the song it's very clever.

    I beleive the song is about a guy who is 'just friends' with a girl and is trying to work up the courage to tell her. Things are going really well for them but he just can't work up the nerve to tell her. I think 'my actions are dictated by the phase of the moon' is him giving an excuse for why he can't tell her he likes her right now, ie the moon is not in the right position, guess i'd better wait till it is. Then when he finally works up the nerve to tell her it's too late, the good times have gone and she's found someone else.

    Anyway thats m interpretation, and on reading it over i've realised i interpret it that way because exactly the same thing happened to me :(
    bffandincubuson August 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with some of most things everyone has said! The vampire idea i had never thought of, and while i'm not sure if that was the intended meaning of the song it's very clever.

    I beleive the song is about a guy who is 'just friends' with a girl and is trying to work up the courage to tell her. Things are going really well for them but he just can't work up the nerve to tell her. I think 'my actions are dictated by the phase of the moon' is him giving an excuse for why he can't tell her he likes her right now, ie the moon is not in the right position, guess i'd better wait till it is. Then when he finally works up the nerve to tell her it's too late, the good times have gone and she's found someone else.

    Anyway thats m interpretation, and on reading it over i've realised i interpret it that way because exactly the same thing happened to me :(
    bffandincubuson August 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmaybe the werewolf idea is a hidden metaphor for a different side of him which reveals his "dark" desires
    lawon August 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentor then again maybe not,
    its generally about what big_nothing says
    lawon August 28, 2006   Link

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